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Hillary to GOP Rivals: Why Are You So Obsessed With Me?

Yesterday the New York Times revealed that they have this book where a conservative journalist wrote mean things about Hillary Clinton and all the foreign donations to the Clinton Foundation. When asked about the allegations in New Hampshire on Monday, Clinton said we're "subjected to all kinds of distractions and attacks" during campaign season, and she's "ready for that." "It is worth noting, I think, that Republicans seem to be talking only about me," Clinton noted. "I don’t know what they’d talk about if I weren’t in the race, but I am in the race and hopefully we'll get onto the issues, and I look forward to that." Now get in losers, we're going campaigning.

It’s 4/20 and Marijuana Is Officially Mainstream

From its decidedly inauspicious beginnings in the late '70s as a code for some pot-loving teens in San Rafael, California, 4/20 has moved from an annual day of protest for oppressed stoners to a near-official holiday for weed aficionados around the world. But as Americans' approval for marijuana legalization and culture rises, and corporations like Miracle Gro manufacturer Scotts take an interest in profiting from the drug in the future, it remains to be seen how the celebration of 4/20 will evolve further still. John Heilemann remarks on the cultural arc of pot smoking and the holiday, which he's pretty sure is the only one "whose celebration requires — in 46 states, at least — the commission of a crime":


88,000 People Apply to Live in the ‘Poor Door’ Building

88,000 people applied for the 55 affordable rental units available at the Upper West Side "poor door" building. The condo features 219 luxury river-facing condos, and 55 street-facing units for those who earn 60 percent or less than the median income. Given the city's overpriced housing market and the overcrowding of the affordable housing lottery, it's unsurprising people would agree to put up with snobs just to live in a budget-friendly place.

Koch Brothers Give Scott Walker a Thumbs-up (But No Cash Yet)

The New York Times reports that Charles and David Koch endorsed a 2016 candidate who hasn't even announced a campaign yet — a certain Wisconsin governor they've helped before. “We will support whoever the candidate is," David Koch reportedly said at a New York State GOP fund-raiser on Monday. "But it should be Scott Walker.” The duo plans to spend nearly a billion dollars by the time the 2016 election is done. The Koch brothers' political organizations — including Americans for Prosperity — will not pick favorites in the Republican primary, although the family apparently left open the option of personally giving money to help Walker's cause. Plenty of other GOP donors have yet to pick sides, and are still soliciting admiration and access from candidates in need.

As Many As 900 People Dead in Mediterranean Shipwreck [Updated]

As many as 900 people may have died after a ship capsized in the Mediterranean on Sunday. The boat, which sank near the Italian island of Lampedusa — about 70 miles from the Libyan coast — was carrying migrants fleeing the chaos in African and the Middle East. Italy's Coast Guard is heading up the search-and-rescue effort: Only 28 people have been found alive. However, the authorities believe that hundreds of bodies are trapped inside the ship.


Has Marco Rubio Finally Created a Tax Cut So Huge Republicans Don’t Like It?

Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign is running into an unusual problem without precedent in the post-Reagan era: His tax cut is too big. The trouble is not so much that his tax cut is substantively too big — within the context of a Republican primary, a “too-large tax cut” does not even make linguistic sense; it would be like saying “Reagan is un-good.” Rubio’s slightly different problem is that his tax cut is so gargantuan that nobody in the party actually believes it.


South Dakota’s New Sales Pitch: ‘Why Die on Mars When You Can Live’ Here?

The Governor's Office of Economic Development was brainstorming ideas for how to get young people to come to South Dakota. It realized the state may have a bit of a perception problem after a recent focus group featured a person who called the state "a barren wasteland," the Argus Leader reported this weekend. It was clear that people outside the state mostly knew it for its tourist attractions.

So the state tried to think of a place that could also be described as a barren wasteland, but was also somewhere people wanted to live. Obviously, they thought of Mars.


It’s Now Easier to Erase Your Bad Tweets and Receive Bad DMs From Strangers

As of Monday, all Twitter users can receive direct messages from people they don't follow — but only if they opt in. This is something brands, celebrities, and politicians have wanted for a while — it will now be easier for official-ish entities to communicate with followers or consumers in private. However, since this is Twitter, a social-media service never known for only inspiring civil discourse, opening up direct messages to the entirety of the internet could also lead to endless harassment and spam, which has led people to immediately question this change. 

However, opening up the Pandora's box of unlimited DMs is optional, and Twitter is making it easy to block users who send unwelcome messages. 


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